Thursday Commentary
10:42 am
Fri August 4, 2006

The Corner Hangout

What ever happened to the corner hangout, wonders commentator Nan Graham.

Wilmington, NC – Nan Graham's book In A Magnolia Minute, a collection of WHQR commentaries on life in the south is available at bookstores.

 

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Local Interest
12:09 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge Fix

Wilmington, NC – Work will soon begin to replace the control system on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The state has now awarded a $5.4 million dollar contract on work that will begin later this month, and wrap up 18 months from now.

The control system lifts the bridge for river traffic.

Lannie Wilson of the North Carolina Board of Transportation says this is the first electrical upgrade for the 37-year-old lift span bridge.

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Local Interest
12:06 am
Fri August 4, 2006

Good Shepherd Pantry Needs Filling

Wilmington, NC – Wilmington's Good Shepherd Ministries says its food pantry is getting bare.

Executive Director Katrina Knight says the supply usually gets thin around October, but a growing demand along with the newly added dinner meal has caused the agency to run low earlier.

She says short supplies hit all food agencies in the summer when people are on vacation and out of their usual routines.

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Local Interest
1:29 am
Thu August 3, 2006

City Takes a Look at Market Street

Wilmington, NC – Traffic planners at the City of Wilmington will roll out plans Thursday night to possibly cut the number of lanes on a stretch of Market Street.


The city is looking at Market Street from Covil to Third, trimming it from four to two lanes and filling up the remaining space with bike lanes and/ or turn lanes at certain intersections.

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Thursday Commentary
11:07 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Up, Up and Away!

It's one thing to fly a kite. But as commentator Ede Baldridge discovered, it's something else to hang on to the kite and fly with it.

Wilmington, NC – Ede Baldridge writes about memorable people and places in the southeast.

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Local Interest
12:48 am
Tue August 1, 2006

Online Petition to Save N.C. Piers

Wilmington, NC – An online petition is calling on state officials to get involved in efforts to preserve public saltwater fishing piers in North Carolina.


Paul Graham, co-sponsor of the petition, says private pier owners are plagued by hurricane risks and financial difficulties, and many are scrambling to sell.


Graham says the fishing piers are very important to him and to many long-time beachgoers, and it would be a shame to lose such a valuable part of North Carolina's coastal culture.

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Local Interest
12:45 am
Tue August 1, 2006

New State Prison in Columbus County

Wilmington, NC – Construction is under way in Columbus County on a new state prison.


The maximum-security prison is going up near Tabor City and will hold 992 cells.


Crews cleared the site last summer and a construction started back in June. John Harris is the senior project manager for Centex Construction, he says it's going to take thousands of workers to build the prison, most of them local.

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Thursday Commentary
12:16 pm
Mon July 31, 2006

Bird Watching Near Sunset Beach

Last week commentator Andy Wood took a trip to Brunswick County with his son Robin and his son's friend Aaron in search of a rare bird that has been hanging around the marshes behind Sunset Beach.

Wilmington, NC – Andy Wood is education director for Audubon North Carolina.

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Local Interest
4:30 am
Mon July 31, 2006

Building Boats on the Cape Fear

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College is kicking off its seventh annual Wooden Boat Festival Friday in downtown Wilmington.

Tom Forrester may be over eighty and overheated, but the local woodwork enthusiast doesn't let that slow him down.

Forrester is happy to put in the hours at the riverside workshop where he's getting his exhibit ready for this weekend's festival.

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Local Interest
12:14 am
Mon July 31, 2006

UNCW Under the Sea and on Capitol Hill

Wilmington, NC – Less work on beach erosion, more on ocean exploration. That will be the shift if the Undersea Research Center at UNC-Wilmington is successful in lobbying congress.


UNCW's Undersea Research Center is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.


A bill currently before congress could combine NOAA's undersea research with its ocean exploration program.

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